Atacama Desert - Salar de Uyuni Tour

Atacama Desert – Salar de Uyuni Tour


The Salar de Uyuni is among the favorite destinations of tourists, so it receives at least 300,000 people a year.

It is the highest continuous salt desert in the world, whose territory covers 10582 m2. Located in the Andean Altiplano, specifically in the southwest of the Bolivian territory, in the province of Potosí, it represents one of the largest lithium reserves; Furthermore, it is rich in boron, potassium, and magnesium.

Recognized by the World Travel Awards as the “Best Natural Tourist Attraction of South America” in 2019, the Salar de Uyuni is among the most requested tourist routes to arrive from the Atacama Desert.

Mainly, in the month of November, when various species of flamingos reproduce. Among the most important attractions of this salt desert is Fish Island, with cacti that reach up to 10m in height.

Atacama Desert - Salar de Uyuni Tour

As for the departure frequency, from the Atacama Desert to the Uyuni Salt Flat, excursions depart daily.

Additionally, among the most interesting places to visit in the salt desert, is the Laguna Colorada, which, with 4000 meters of altitude, becomes the ideal space for the different species of flamingos that make life in the place, including the large parina, the small parina, and the southern flamenco.


Tour Atacama Desert Salar de Uyuni- Important considerations


There are some relevant factors that tourists who visit the Uyuni Salt Flat from the Atacama Desert must take into account, among the most important is the climate.

This place is characterized by the climatic conditions of a desert, that is, very hot during the day, but at night, very cold.

Consequently, it is essential to wear sunscreen, caps, or hats that allow you to protect yourself from UV rays. On the other hand, it is essential to wear coats for the night, especially if the visit from San Pedro de Atacama to the Salar de Uyuni is in rainy seasons, between January and March.

For this trip, it is necessary to have sleeping bags, bathing suits, towels, and be willing to have a good time, always in a group.

On the other hand, to go from San Pedro to the Uyuni salt flat, it is important to allow the body to adapt to the altitude of the place for 3 to 4 days to avoid taking aim, that is, to feel dizzy and nauseous inherent in the lack of oxygen of the place.

Atacama Desert - Salar de Uyuni Tour

How much does the Atacama Desert-Salar de Uyuni Tour cost?


The tours vary in terms of the options available to tourists and are according to their budget, for example, they may or may not include showers, some offer drinking water. Regarding cost, the Tour from San Pedro de Atacama to the Uyuni Salt Flat, round trip, can vary between $ 330 USD and $ 645 USD, depending on the tourist’s needs.

Additionally, the cost of the Atacama-Salar de Uyuni tour is between $ 310 USD and $ 540 USD. Accommodation is included, they can be basic, hotels, or hostels, depending on the budget invested.

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